Our Division is deeply and completely committed to the missions of academic medicine. We provide the highest quality patient care for a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. photoThe faculty in our five teaching hospitals possess both depth and expertise in a variety of disorders, including AIDS, inflammatory bowel diseases, liver transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, and cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Our many innovative and pioneering clinical research programs allow our patients to access highly promising and exciting treatment protocols. Patient Care
The Division’s research activities span a wide range of topics — from basic scientific principles to clinical studies and epidemiologic inquiries. We have specialized programs in carcinogenesis and molecular genetics; molecular biology and gene therapy; cell biology and biochemistry; molecular microbiology; and epidemiology and outcomes research. The University of Washington is one of the most highly funded academic institutions in biomedical research.
Our faculty members are well represented in national and international leadership positions. For example, Christina Surawicz MD (Professor of Medicine) was the past President of the American College of Gastroenterology and is currently the Dean of Faculty Development for the School of Medicine, and Michael Kimmey MD (Professor of Medicine) was the past President of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
A number of our faculty members also serve on advisory, consulting and decision-making positions in various learned societies, including the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterolgy, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, as well as the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Research
The faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology is seriously, indeed passionately, committed to teaching. In addition to teaching medical students, medical residents, surgical residents and fellows in gastroenterology, the faculty contribute to national and international teaching programs. They participate as instructors for Continuing Medical Education courses and as consultants in the development of training policy and training syllabi. They are active in training fellows for careers in academic medicine. The training program for fellows is vigorous, flexible, yet highly structured and intensely nurturing. The Division offers two pathways of training — the Physician/Scientist pathway and the Clinician/Teacher pathway. The University of Washington has an enviable record of training fellows who eventually become highly successful in their academic careers. Fellowship training is supported in-part by a training grant from the National Institute of Health. Fellowship Program
The Division is composed of thirty-four (34) full-time faculty members and 50 clinical faculty members who have clinical responsibilities and research activities in five teaching hospitals:
University of Washington Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
I welcome you to visit us and learn more about who we are and what we do. I would also very much appreciate your feedback and thoughts.
Sum P. Lee, MD, PhD
Professor and Head, Division of Gastroenterology